IAEA urges world to attend nuclear security conference

VIENNA, June 6 (KUNA) — Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano urged the world to take part in the upcoming International Conference on Nuclear Security to be held December 5 in Vienna.
The last conference held in Washington gave IAEA the opportunity to play a major role in achieving nuclear security around the world by protecting and ensuring the safety of nuclear plants, said Amano during a meeting of the IAEA Governors Board on Monday.
He noted that there are currently 444 active nuclear plants in 30 countries, 65 under construction mainly in Asia, while there are 157 old plants that were shut down due to their negative impact on the environment.
Meanwhile, Amano said that Iran is committed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). IAEA inspectors have went on several visits to Iranian nuclear sites, he said, adding that the country also agreed on sudden inspections by the agency.
The official moreover, called on Syria to cooperate on the Deir Ez-Zor nuclear site, also expressing his frustration on North Korea’s refusal to allow the agency’s inspectors into their nuclear plants. (pickup previous) amq.ag